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DALLAS — Big D NYE that found a home in downtown Dallas is not happening this year, and the big clock is winding down.  Got to wonder, how’s a Dallasite supposed to bring in the New Year?! And with a lot of places closed, and school out for winter break, how do you keep the kids entertained?!

“Two years ago, I was trying to come up with something for my then 6-year-old to do on New Year’s Day or New Year’s Eve, and there really wasn’t anything in the metroplex,” said Karen Hughes.

That’s when Hughes with Vogel Alcove, an agency that helps homeless children, went to work.

“After that, I came back to my staff and said, there’s got to be a way to raise money for Vogel Alcove and support the homeless children that we serve, as well as do something great for the City of Dallas and create a neat thing for them to do on New Year’s Day,” Hughes explained.

Enter “Day 1 Dallas.” It’s family fair where you and your kids can play all New Year’s Day at Fair Park.  It’s 10 bucks for adults and $5 for kids.  Kids before noon get in free with a paying adult.

“There’s over 100 different interactive activities for kids all designed around the 10 resolutions you make on New Year’s Day,” Hughes added.

“I’m excited about going to all the fun things at Day 1 Dallas!”  5-year-old Ava Meyer said with a smile. “What I’m really excited about is face painting and all the bounce houses.”

And all the proceeds will help children at Vogel Alcove.

“I’m really wanting to have fun at Day 1 Dallas,” Meyer exclaimed.